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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 2000 MHz on this model. It features 1152 SPUs as well as 72 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Geforce GTX 680, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1006 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1502 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1536 Stream Processors, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 19 Mh/s
Geforce GTX 680 16 Mh/s
Difference: 3 (19%)

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 12185 points
Geforce GTX 680 7650 points
Difference: 4535 (59%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (63%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should theoretically be a small bit better than the Geforce GTX 680 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
Difference: 4352 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 will be a small bit (approximately 19%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20336 (19%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 40096 (125%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Geforce GTX 680
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2016 March 2012
Code Name GP106-300 GK104
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1006 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 195 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 128768 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 32192 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1536
Texture Mapping Units 72 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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